Congressman wants answers from tech bigwigs about involvement


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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is asking some of the nation’s biggest technology companies to report their involvement in the effort to fix the website.

The House Oversight Committee, which Issa chairs, sent letters to Verizon, Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Expedia.

The requests come just two days after President Barack Obama made a public statement promising to fix the ailing health insurance website. On Oct. 22, the Department of Health and Human Services hired former Office of Management and Budget Director Jeffery Zients to oversee the online enrollment system of the Affordable Care Act.

“Despite the president’s assertion that ‘we’re well into a “tech surge,”’ neither the White House nor HHS is providing additional details about which private sector companies have been engaged or whether they are being engaged through the appropriate procurement processes,” Issa wrote in a statement.

Since launched Oct. 1, many have been critical of the website’s failures. Users have experienced slow connections and crashing of the website when trying to enroll for health insurance.

FedScoop reported the federal government spent $196 million on building the website. CGI Federal, a Canadian-based company, was contracted to build the site. The current ceiling of the contract is $292 million.

About 20 million people have visited the site since its launch, but only about 500,000 people have completed applications in the eligible 36 states. Open enrollment will end March 31.

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